XXIV Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics – Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

“Astrophysical Applications of Gravitational Lensing”

Puerto de La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain, 4th-16th November 2012



The primary aim of the XXIV Winter School is to provide a wide-ranging and

up-to-date overview of different aspects of gravitational lensing and its
application to several fields of Astrophysics (Dark Matter, Galaxies structure,
Quasar accretion disks, Exoplanets, etc) and Cosmology. The School is
particularly designed to introduce young researchers to the use of gravitational
lensing as a tool in their current work.

Topics and Lecturers:

– Lensing Basics

Sherry Suyu (University of California, Santa Bárbara, USA)

– Dark Matter in Clusters and Large Scale Structure
Peter Schneider (Universitat Bonn, Germany)

– AGN and Quasars
Joaquim Wambsganss (Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg, Germany)

– Galaxies and Cosmology
Emilio Falco (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA)

– Exoplanets
Andy Gould (Ohio State University, USA)

– The Future of Lensing
Chris Fassnacht (University of California, Davis, USA)

– Tutorial for Lens Modeling
Chuck Keeton (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA)

– Tutorial for Inverse Ray Shooting
Jorge Jiménez-Vicente (Universidad de Granada, Spain)

School Venue:

The sessions will take place at the Hotel Beatriz Atlantis & Spa **** in Puerto

de la Cruz, where the participants will also be accommodated. Hotel reservations
and special requests will be handled by the organizers.


The hotel is a modern hotel located at the sea front and very close to the
centre of Puerto de la Cruz. In the surroundings you find the commercial area
with shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants.


The school is primarily intended for doctoral students and recent postdocs in

any field of research in Astronomy. Those interested in attending the Winter
School should register using the online form in our web page:


The registration fee is Euro 1500.-, which covers the Conference Fee, half-board
accommodation for thirteen days (from Sunday 4th to Saturday 17th, on the basis
of shared rooms), all excursions and social activities including visits to the
observatories on La Palma and Tenerife, and a copy of the proceedings. Hotel
bookings are handled directly by the organization. Those participants wanting to
share a room with a specific person should indicate it by email to winter@iac.es.

Financial Support:

A limited number of grants may be provided by the organization to partially

cover registration costs. Those applicants requiring partial support to attend
the School may fill in the corresponding form in the personal area once

Social Events:

There will be a number of social events during the School. The following is a

first approximation to the social activities that we intend to include:

* A Welcome Cocktail on Sunday, November 4th.
* Visit to a local winery (Dinner included).
* Visit to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma (Lunch included).
* Visit to the IAC’s Headquarter in La Laguna (Tenerife) (Dinner included).
* Visit to the Teide Observatory in Tenerife (Lunch included).
* Closing Dinner.

School Deadlines:

* June 15th, 2011 – Deadline for both the Registration and Applications.

* July 1st, 2011 – Selected candidates will be informed.

School Web Page:



Organizing Committee

* Evencio Mediavilla Gradolph
* José Antonio Muñoz Lozano
* Francisco Garzón López
* Francisco Sánchez Martínez


Lourdes González
XXIV Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
C/ Vía Láctea, s/n
38200 La Laguna – Tenerife
Phone: +34-922-605271
Fax: +34-922-605210
e-mail: winter@iac.es